Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Book - 2012
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When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316204279
0316204277
Branch Call Number: FICTION Semple Maria 08/2012
Characteristics: 330 p. ;,25 cm.

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JCLHeatherC Sep 04, 2019

Bernadette Fox and her family certainly put the fun in dysfunctional. A cautionary tale of miscommunication (and in some cases non-communication) run amok amid a town filled with gossiping 'gnats'.

"I absolutely hated Where’d You Go Bernadette"

movie, March 2019: When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

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JCLKatieS Nov 14, 2015

This is a truly creative and hilarious story that will tug at your heart strings as you follow young Bee as she searches for her mother Bernadette. I laughed out loud while reading this and you will too!

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JCLGreggW Mar 25, 2013

Sharper than a drawer full of Ginsu knives, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is one of the most pleasurable books I've read in recent memory. Semple, a former TV writer, centers this story around school-aged Bee, a student at a Seattle private school, her Microsoft exec and TED-talker dad E... Read More »


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SpruceMoose7
Sep 15, 2019

I had so much hope for this book and thought it could have been much better then it was. I feel like the last third of the book made the book and could have been what the whole book was about. Very disappointed in the much anticipated book.

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kellydelancy
Sep 14, 2019

Weird format. Hard to get into

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AliceInWonderbread
Sep 05, 2019

Where'd You Go Bernadette was the first book I had to read with my book club and although it wasn't horrible, it wasn't close to my favourite thing I've read this past year. I finished it and was left with the feeling that I won't not recommend the book, but I wouldn't recommend it either (of course- unless it fit what someone may be looking for!)

I found the beginning to rather drag and if it hadn't been for the time crunch I most likely would have put it down for a few days,, and possibly not picked it back up. There is a hump that you have to get over but once your over it the book picks up a bit.
The writing style is pretty unique as you read from multiple point of views as well as you learn a lot about what the characters are thinking/having happen to them not though internal monologue but instead through emails and mail sent between one and other.
There we're parts in the book that honestly made me laugh and there were a few characters that I liked from the book; but all in all it's a book that I most likely won't read again. I didn't find it impactful like other novels I've enjoyed more; but again, it wasn't a bad read- just not my typical cup of tea I think.

JCLHeatherC Sep 04, 2019

Bernadette Fox and her family certainly put the fun in dysfunctional. A cautionary tale of miscommunication (and in some cases non-communication) run amok amid a town filled with gossiping 'gnats'.

STPL_Bernie Aug 31, 2019

I originally picked up this book because it shares my first name. It had been around for awhile and I kept hearing good things about it, but never ended up reading it. So glad I took it along on vacation with me this year. It was a fun read, and quite enjoyable.

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midori_hon
Aug 27, 2019

reread the book after watching the movie, think I enjoyed it more the second time around picturing the lovely cate blanchett as bernadette.

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KEPink87
Aug 07, 2019

This was so good! I wanted to read it because I saw the previews for the upcoming movie and I don’t think reading it ahead of the movie will ruin seeing it- if anything, I am even more excited to see it now!

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PandamomJulie
Jul 26, 2019

I don't really like books that are in a format where what you are reading are emails, post-it notes, reports and the like. I found I skipped over lots of parts and maybe missed some details because of it. That said, I did read it until the end, so it was an entertaining story-line. Interesting characters.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 06, 2019

Enjoyable froth. I giggled out loud here and there. It tried for some depth at times, but it should have just embraced what it was: a witty, biting Desperate Housewives send-up.

TSCPL_Miranda Jul 01, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, and it was so hard to put it aside once I'd started. Bernadette Fox's story is told through emails, letters, and articles written by a variety of people, gradually painting the picture of a gifted, unique individual from multiple perspectives. Just when you think you have Bernadette all figured out, she'll surprise you. Is she a recluse? A mad genius? A terrible mother? A wonderful mother? What happened in California? One thing is certain, she's scathing, and hilarious. The action of the story is framed around a family trip to Antarctica, requested by daughter Bee to mark her 8th grade graduation with all A's. Bernadette can't deny the girl her wish, but the stress of planning the trip takes its toll, and when several personal conflicts and an unexpected betrayal combine to drive Bernadette over the edge, she disappears. Sift through the clues, join the search, and above all enjoy the ride in this fun, unforgettable story.

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Hillsboro_JenniFerg Feb 06, 2019

"Parking in Seattle is an 8 step process." Ha!

M_ALCOTT Jul 30, 2014

" One of the main reasons I don't like leaving the house is because I might find myself face-to-face with a Canadian. Seattle is crawling with them. You probably think, U.S./Canada, they're interchangeable because they're both filled with English-speaking, morbidly obese white people. Well Manjula, you couldn't be more mistaken."-Excerpt from an email Bernadette sent to her virtual assistant Manjula

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darcerama
Jul 07, 2013

Chihulys are the pigeons of Seattle. They're everywhere, and even if they don't get in your way, you can't help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them. --Page 162, paperback edition.

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